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a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes



an individual stanza of four lines. The rhyming pattern in a quatrain is abab (alternating rhyme), aabb (plain rhyme), or abba (enclosing rhyme). Persian poetry and its imitations use the form aaba, and less frequently, aaaa.

The quatrain is used for inscriptions, epitaphs, epigrams, and apothegms. The four-line stanzas of sonnets are also called quatrains. The following poem by F. I. Tiutchev is an example of a quatrain as an independent verse:

Nam ne dano preduagadat’
Kak slovo nashe otzovetsia—
I nam sochuvstvie daetsia,
kak nam daetsia blagodaV …
We are not given to foresee
What reaction our words will cause—
So we are given sympathy
As if we were given divine grace….

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In Lermontov, only the couplet is rhythmically distinct, whereas the quatrains are no longer detectable; on the other hand, Lermontov does maintain a sharp drop in fully stressed lines at line 7, in the middle of the stanza.
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Such quatrains may have produced an effect of surprise on their initial audience (through their unexpected "turns"), but it would not have been this one.
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According to Rivka Cohen-Amin of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the poem belongs to The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a collection of quatrains (four-line poems).
But another layer of meaning to the poem emerges in the closing couplet--which in the English sonnet is where the images of the quatrains culminate into a central theme.
translations of medieval monastic quatrains from the Old Irish.
The illustrations complement the sensitive quatrains of verse perfectly.
Written in quatrains the text traces the life of Phar Lap.